On Friday afternoon, commuters crossing the overhead bridge at the bustling Dadar railway station were taken by surprise when a group of students started enacting a skit.
Four students, two girls and two boys, performed a five-minute play, and in company of other students stressed the importance of reporting incidents of harassment to help curb such incidents.
The performers comprised students from 10 different colleges. The play was organised by Akshara, an NGO working to curb violence against women, and the National Service Scheme (NSS), to create awareness regarding street sexual harassment and various ways to deal with it.
“More than 25 colleges have been a part of this campaign, which is being held from November 25 to December 10. The last few years have seen a rise in the number of cases of harassment against women and we are trying very hard to send our message across,” said Vinita Balekundri, programme manager, Akshara.
The play, through sequences of songs and drama, highlighted how women casually ignore these issues but later realise it to be a very big mistake.
The play involved interaction with commuters at the bustling railway station.
The NGO has also launched a signature campaign that demands stronger laws against sexual harassment and extending the 103 helpline to people all over Maharashtra.
The helpline is currently working only in Mumbai and Thane. “We have collected around 8000 signatures till date and plan to sens a petition to the office of the state home minister,” added Balekundri.